Open Call: Research Commissions 22/23

Open Call: Research Commissions




VERVE and WATSON DANCE PROJECT (WDP) Research Commissions are an opportunity for artists of any movement background to research their practice with students from both courses.

These commissions support artists in building a relationship with VERVE and WDP through a week of studio practice, bookended by bespoke support from VERVE and WDP leaders, Matteo Marfoglia and Gianluca Vincentini. They are a paid opportunity to work without prescribed outcome, with the companies.

Each commission is bespoke, shaped by the artist and the companies to support their work and the development of the dancers.

Artists will also have the opportunity to connect to other areas of NSCD beyond VERVE and WDP, discussing their work with a range of staff overseeing artistic commissioning and development.

We welcome applications from EVERYONE


1 July 2022 | Submissions closed, 12 noon

Week commencing 11 July 2022 | Interviews

Nov 2022 – Feb 2023 | Residencies take place

What you receive

  • Bespoke research time in the studio with highly skilled dancers, minimum five days
  • Sharing opportunity, open to NSCD staff and students across programmes of study with the possibility of a Q&A
  • Support before, during and after your time with the companies from the company leads
  • Opportunity to discuss and share your practice with NSCD staff who oversee commissioning and professional development opportunities, in a variety of areas
  • A fee of £750, plus travel expenses and accommodation if needed

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a total of six artists in this initial call – this call is open to EVERYONE. We are looking for:

  • Those with a distinctive physical practice that may be based in any physical form
  • Artists at any stage of their career development
  • Those interested in scaling up their practice with a larger group of dancers
  • Those interested in building a collaborative relationship with NSCD
  • Previous applicants are welcome to apply

Please note: There is just one opportunity for one of the selected artists to work with both companies at the same time, VERVE and WDP.

NSCD believes that diversity and a diverse workforce is critical to its future development. As an equal opportunities employer we actively encourage interest from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, age, race, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief.

We encourage applications from those we do not know, as well as those who may also have engaged with NSCD previously.

We specifically welcome applications from artists working in different movement art forms as well as contemporary dance.


Successful artists will each be allocated one of the weeks below, please specify your availability and preference in your application:

7 – 11  November 2022 – working with WDP dancers (13/15 dancers)

14 – 18 November 2022 – working with WDP and VERVE (31/35 dancers)

28 Nov – 2 Dec 2022 – working with VERVE dancers (18/20 dancers)

5 – 9 December 2022 – working with VERVE dancers (18/20 dancers)

23 – 27 January 2023 – working with WDP dancers (13/15 dancers)

30 Jan – 3 Feb 2023 – working with WDP dancers (13/15 dancers)

How to apply

We recognise applications take time and energy. We are therefore asking for very little in an attempt to reduce the demand on your time. We ask for:

  1. basic contact information (full name, email address and website – if you have one)
  2. a statement (500 words or a video/audio file of max 3 minutes)- briefly outline your practice and what you would explore during a research commission
  3. your CV
  4. one video link to one example of a previous work (max 5 mins)

Successful applicants will be invited to interview over Zoom where you can discuss your practice and ideas with a panel. Specific feedback will be available from this stage, if requested.

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Have any questions?

If you have any questions relating to your application or your eligibility, please email Matteo Marfoglia and Gianluca Vincentini